Today I have one of my most wonderful furry tales for you. It's a tale that Mom told us and I'll pass it along to you. But this time there's a catch. You see this tale actually turned into a real life experience and I'll tell you all about it. So grab a bowl of treats and a cozy pillow and here we go.
My story today is called 'The Peep Who Cried Wolf'. It's very exciting and it has a lesson, too.
Once upon a time in a small village there was a boy who needed a summer job. The village didn't have a Walmart or a McDonalds, so the peeps got together and decided that the boy should watch the sheep in the field while the rest of the peeps did their peep things like washing and cooking and growing foodables. They told the boy to watch over the sheep as they grazed and keep an eye open for the big bad wolf. If the wolf came by, they said the boy should yell and they'd all come protect him and the sheep.
It went pretty good for awhile. The sheep were all busy eating, so the boy relaxed in the shade, but after a few hours he got bored. The sheep weren't real exciting and he didn't have an Ipad so he couldn't play Candy Crush. He decided it might be fun to cry "wolf" and see what happened. So he did.
The villagers came running with all kind of weapons to save the sheep and the boy, but they looked around and didn't see the big bad wolf. The boy admitted that he made it up and the wolf hadn't been there. The village peeps told him not to do that again and they all went back to work.
After a few more hours the sheep were still eating. Sheep eat a lot and they eat slowly. The boy was getting really bored and he remembered how much fun it was to see all the villagers running toward him with their rakes and hammers and brooms and other weapons, so once again he cried "wolf".
Again the villagers came running waving their weapons over their heads and shouting to scare the wolf. But there was no wolf and though the boy was laughing and enjoying himself, the villagers were getting mad. They again told him to behave and guard the sheep and they left.
A few more hours went by and the boy who was kind of a slow learner, was really really bored and he decided to do it again. But then he heard something and looked behind him and there was the big bad wolf with his knife and fork in his hands.
The boy was really scared and screamed "WOLF". The villagers heard him cry "wolf", but they were tired of his games and they continued with their work. Again he cried "WOLF" but nobody believed him, they thought he was playing another joke on them. Nobody went to help him. The big bad wolf ate all the sheep and the boy.
The lesson is to be honest. Well, we all enjoyed the story when Mom told us, but one of us didn't learn the lesson. I call this 'The Dog That Cried Pee'.
Every night at 6:30 Dad takes us into the back yard. It's been a couple hours since dinner and we get a chance to pee. Then we all go inside and relax during the evening while Mom and Dad watch tv or play Scrabble or Mom knits while Dad snores on the couch or whatever. One night Mackey was busy playing during our outing and when she got back inside she realized that she needed to pee. Dad leashed her and took her into the front yard where she peed, but then she saw the neighbor's cat. She wanted to chase it but she was on a leash and Dad said no and dragged her back inside.
Mackey has a really good memory, especially when it comes to cats. So the next night at 7:00 Mackey told Mom that she had to pee. Mom put her on leash and went out front, but Mackey didn't really have to pee. She wanted to get that cat, so she dragged Mom all around the yard and tried to go to the neighbor's house. Mom took her back inside. The next night she tried it again on Dad. He took her out but all she did was search for the cat.
Mackey does this every single night at 7:00. She tells Mom and Dad that she has to pee. For several nights they fell for it, but then they started saying "no". They told her to settle down and handed her a toy. She'd go from one to the other and even barked a little but they refused to take her out.
Then one night Mackey really did have to pee. She ran over to Dad and wiggled and whined, but he told her to go play with her toy. She went to Mom and wiggled and whined but she told her to be quiet and settle down. Mackey tried over and over to get their attention, but they ignored her.
We all knew what was going on and finally I went over and sniffed Mackey's back end and looked up at Mom. She laughed and finally she leashed Mackey and took her outside. She just made it into the grass. But then instead of learning her lesson, Mackey started looking around for the cat. Oh oh.
So now every night at 7:00 Mackey starts her campaign to go out. Mom and Dad try telling her to knock it off, but if she keeps it up, they usually cave. Mackey will just never learn.
I know you were all hoping for a better ending like maybe the cat would chase Mackey, but it is what it is. Have a good night and remember not to try to trick your peeps.
Your pal, Fudge